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Snakes

Indian
Egg-eater

Least Concern

Unknown

Indian Egg-eater

Elachistodon westermanni

Indian Egg Eater is a unique and well known species specialized for feeding on eggs only. It is found in Himalayan foothills and scrub forests of central-northern India. Morphologically it can be identified by checking reddish-brown head patched with dark blotches, a yellow line running along the vertebra. Due to its unique and very specific diet it comes under Schedule 1 in Indian Wildlife Protection Act.

Westermann's Snake

Regional Names
  • Marathi:
    भारतीय अंडीखाऊ साप
  • Tamil:
    இந்திய முட்டைதின்னிப் பாம்பு
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Taxanomy

SQUAMATA
COLUBRIDAE
Elachistodon westermanni

Venom Status

Semi Venomous

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